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Outgoing Naugatuck Officer to Continue Civic Service

Tom Conway's second career is as a school resource officer in Newtown.

 

Outgoing Naugatuck Police Officer Tom Conway grew up understanding the value of civic service. His father was a state representative in Waterbury for about 20 years.

So it was little surprise that Conway wanted to enter into a career where he, too, had an opportunity to help people. That career was law enforcement and it has come to and end after 26-and-a-half years in the Naugatuck Police Department.

 Still, Conway, who has coached softball and other youth sports in Thomaston for several years, plans to continue to work in an area where he can make a difference. That opportunity will come at Newtown High School, where he will combine his desire to help children with his passion for keeping people safe as a school resource officer.

Conway, 50, who is known in the community and at Waterbury court for his jovial, upbeat attitude, retired Thursday in Naugatuck and hasn’t wasted any time transitioning into a new career: he started at Newtown High School on Monday.

"I’ve loved my time in Naugatuck. The people have been very good to me and it was a great job,” he said. “But it’s time for me to move on, and I feel that with my coaching and my years as a police officer, this is a really exciting opportunity for me.”

Conway, a married father of three daughters, retires as the evidence supervisor and Waterbury Superior Court liaison. In his job, he was responsible for handling arrest warrant affidavits and police reports that go to and from the court. He was also in charge of documenting and handling evidence. That role will now be filled by veteran Officer Rob O’Donnell.

On Tuesday night, the Board of Mayor and Burgesses accepted Conway's retirement and set his pension at $77,724 a year. 

At various points in his career, Conway was a patrolman, a detective, a youth division officer, a community policing bicycle officer and the evidence supervisor/court liaison, a non-uniformed position.

“There have been some tough times, some crying times,” he said. “but overall, it’s been wonderful.”

The key to a long career in law enforcement, he says, is that no matter what kind of negative situations you encounter on the job, you have to try to not take it home with you.

“You have to try to go home normal for yourself and your family,” he said. “As hard as that may be.”

Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata, the department's spokesman, said he cannot say enough about Conway as an individual and as a police officer.

"He was a tremendous asset to this department, and he will be sorely missed," Cammarata said.

lou February 06, 2013 at 12:44 PM
The new rookies should be like Conway. Fair and understanding.
Ken Hanks February 06, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Congratulations Tom. You served Naugatuck with dedication and a high level of professionalism. Best wishes in your new job.
SKID February 07, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Should get a better pic...looks like a perp.
Stephen B. Hebb February 07, 2013 at 02:39 PM
Good luck to a fine officer. I had the pleasure to work with Tom over the past 21 years. He is a fair and generous person and he will bring these qualities to his next job.
Kerry February 07, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Proud of you ! You'll be great In your new role. I'm sure Naugatuck police will miss you! Good luck with Newtown. They are lucky to have you!
Joe Norton February 08, 2013 at 01:02 PM
SKID there are none better LOL!
Joe Norton February 08, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Way to go T-Bone!
Bob Wargo February 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Just so you know, in Connecticut, a School Resource Officer is a FULL TIME POLICE OFFICER with special training to become a SRO. What Tom has become is not an SRO but a security guard for the high school. Newtown High has a full time SRO, Officer Jason Flynn who is with the Newtown Police Department. i mean no disrespect towards Tom but you got to get the facts right.

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